Moles can disrupt the best landscaping plans, creating mounds and ridges in soil as they dig vast underground tunnel systems.
The Washington, D.C. area is home to three common types of moles:
- The eastern mole
- The star-nosed mole
- The hairy-tailed mole
Moles are active all year long and feed on insects day and night. Moles create two types of tunnels: Surface tunnels that are just 2 to 3 inches below the earth’s surface, and deeper active tunnels that tend to run along fences, sidewalks and other structures. Surface tunneling occurs most often in the summer and fall, or during rainy summer periods when soil is moist and loose. In addition to creating unsightly molehills in lawns, gardens and golf courses, mole burrows can disrupt plants and grass roots, killing small plants and turning grass brown.
Signs of a Mole Problem
Moles are active all year long, but are seldom seen since they live underground. The most common sign of a mole problem is a molehill – a mound of dirt that the animal creates as they dig tunnel systems. Molehills are circular mounds and can be 6 to 24 inches around, and 2 to 8 inches high. Molehills are often found in moist, loose dirt around the perimeter of lawns and fields.
How to Get Rid of Moles
Getting rid of moles can be difficult once they begin to burrow on your property. Management options include the use of repellants and animal trap and transfers, depending on the location.
We remove moles using humane, environmentally responsible methods that are in accordance with your local regulations. This may include creating barriers around lawns and gardens, or trapping the moles. Our team then follows up to make sure the moles have vacated your yard – for good.